In 1875 Patriarch Jesse Z. Winn took up residence in Umatilla County, where his third and fourth generation now live, and started to breed horses there. It was in 1916 that his son, George W. Winn, decided to build the barn. The works were completed in just 30 days, with a workforce of 30 masons and a cost of US $ 3,000. The lower half of the barn was divided into two parts: one, with the concrete floor, housed dairy cows and the other, with a dirt floor, was a stable for horses.
WHY THIS PLACE
With its two acres of lawns and its outdoor space capable of accommodating up to 300 guests, Barn Winn becomes a great choice for country lovers who, however, do not want to give up a place with an original architecture. Through the wide open door of the peaceful rural barn, a field of grass lit by the sun, with cattle and horses feeding; and mists, and panorama, and the distant horizon disappearing. It’s a particularly attractive venue for events, due to its atmosphere of warm hospitality and country style.
• In 1936, Winn began to cultivate the land with tractors and the horses and cows were sold, leaving only beef cattle.
• From the 1940s to the 1980s, George Robert Winnse dedicated more to planting, growing potatoes, beans, wheat, barley, peas, spinach, lettuce and strawberries.
• From 1950 and over the next half century, the family hired more than 10,000 people to work productively on the farm, harvesting, sorting, carpinning, irrigating and selling strawberries.
• The strawberry tradition continued for more than 50 years until the deer invaded the area and destroyed more than 50% of the harvest for 4 years in a row. This event led Preston and Arlene Winn, fourth generation producers, to discontinue the production of berries. At this point the barn seemed to be underused and it was then that the couple decided to try a new venture, focusing on using that space as a place for parties and ceremonies, and that was how Winn Homestead Events was born.